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Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Firm pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Gang accused of robbing freight trains

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Sales for holiday shopping season come down to wire

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Tips for last-minute shoppers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban cigar boom? Not yet

MIAMI (AP) - The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Suspect Tsarnaev appears in court

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Family wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with 76-year-old man

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - The relatives of a 76-year-old man want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him, an attorney for the family said.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


More charges in death of man hit, carried on car

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A driver has pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of manslaughter after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with such force that he flipped on top of her car, carrying him on the roof for 11 blocks and leaving him in the street to die.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


2 states challenge legal Colorado pot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban-Americans don’t think alike

MIAMI (AP) - Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


‘Prison Houdini’ may make legal escape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Budget cuts could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


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Christian professor wearing headscarf put on leave

CHICAGO (AP) - A professor at a suburban Chicago Christian college who has been placed on administrative leave after donning a headscarf to demonstrate solidarity with ...

December 16, 2015 | | Nation


Man visited online forum after killing granddad

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - A man charged with killing his 92-year-old grandfather told police he visited an online forum after the stabbing and told others what ...

December 16, 2015 | | Nation


Massive tax package offers breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - From finance companies and manufacturers to teachers and the working poor, there is a tax break for almost everyone in the massive package ...

December 16, 2015 | | Nation


Trump ‘Cruz-ing’ for bruising?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump will be standing at center stage, but Ted Cruz will be in the spotlight at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


Bergdahl to face desertion charge in general court-martial

WASHINGTON (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo ...

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


NYC bets big on ‘supportive housing’ to curb homelessness

NEW YORK (AP) - The scene of neighbors hanging holiday decorations at their tidy Bronx apartment building was nothing remarkable, except to the people doing it.

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


Embalmed head may be that of woman with heart ailment

ECONOMY, Pa. (AP) - A woman whose embalmed head was found in the western Pennsylvania woods more than a year ago may have died of a ...

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


Black woman pleads not guilty to fake threats vs. black students

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman pleaded not guilty Monday to making false threats against fellow blacks at the university she previously attended.

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


Average price soon under $2

DALLAS (AP) - Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession.

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Burning Man challenging Nevada tax

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the Burning Man counter-culture celebration are challenging the enforcement of a Nevada state tax that they say could cost them ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Banned live school Nativity goes on with mannequins

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Concord High School in northern Indiana used mannequins instead of student actors after a federal judge banned a live Nativity scene that ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Who’s too old for major treatment?

CHICAGO (AP) - Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


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